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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Restless Thoughts

Hi there, I hope you're having a good weekend. My mojo is still playing hard to get but yesterday I managed to mess around with distress inks and make this background to coordinate with this sweet pea stamp that I coloured a while ago. 

The stamp is Ching Chou Kuik's 'Restless thoughts', she is coloured with promarkers and has a little glamour dust for some sparkle. This weeks challenge from In a Sweet Pea Dream is 'ATCs' so I matted the image on a pink ATC blank and distressed the edges.

The background is made using stamps from Chocolate Baroque  (decadent brocade stamp sheet). I used distress inks (shabby shutters, peeled paint, victorian velvet, spun sugar) direct to paper and then misted with water and stamped the delicate swirl in the same colours. I distressed the edges with my craft knife and added some green faux pearls in the corners. The flower is also from the same stamp set, stamped on parchment with spun sugar distress ink and embossed with clear sparkle EP. I stamped the flower again on white card with Victorian velvet ink, embossed and cut it out. I used my embossing tool to give the petals some shape and attached the flower, added some pink stickles and some punched leaves to a scrap corner of card to make a little pocket to hold the ATC.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenge: Pretty Blossoms
Digi Doodle Shop's Best: Make your own  flowers
Emerald Faery Challenge: All things nice (Girly)
Little Claire's: things with wings
Little Red Wagon: Lime, pink and white
Moving along with the times: My favourite things 
(Sweet pea and chocolate Baroque stamps, promarkers )
My Mum's Craft Shop: Swirls and pearls
Paperplay: things with wings
Sugar Creek Hollow: Wing things (vintage, shabby chic or primitive)

Thanks for calling by today
Claire xx


  1. Wow, this is gorgeous. The image is stunning, and I love your handmade background paper.
    Love, Andrea xx

  2. Beautiful !! thanks for joining us at SPS

  3. Beautiful card Claire, gorgeous background.

  4. Sweet sweet stamp this one and so pretty colouring you have done her with.
    Love the big flower and the pretty leaves.

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet pea Stampers.
    Hugs Renate

  5. Beautiful Lisa, I just love the colours and that background is fabulous.
    Hope all is well with you.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  6. This is such a pretty card Claire, I love the soft colours and your beautiful little flower. Thank you for joining in the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week. hugs Donna x

  7. lovely flower and card, great colour combo! Thanks for joining the ‘Make your own Flowers’ Challenge’ at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges
    Debbie Dt x
    (Visit my blog, I have candy!

  8. Your stamp is lovely Claire but your background is amazing! Well done a truly beautiful card

    Thanks for sharing it with us and you favourites at MAWTT this week and good luck with the challenge

    Hugs Laurie x

  9. Hi Claire
    a gorgeous card, awesome colouring, beautiful papers & embelies, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

  10. Wow what fabulous colouring its superb and matches the papers and flowers so perfectly!!

    Thanks for joining us over at SPS Love Chanelle xxx

  11. oh wow - stunning. I love the pink and green colour combo
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
    Lisa x
    Lisa x

  12. WOW! You've done a brill job of matching those colours. Beautiful card. Sorry I've not visited for a while but got family stuff going on, x

  13. Great card Claire, love the image not seen this one before
    Beryl x

  14. This is lovely Claire, just love the colours. Sorry not been round to look and comment lately, life gotten in the way.
    hugs Jen x

  15. This is so soft and beautiful! I love those colors and I love how simple yet stunning this is. I love the distressed edges and the flower center. Thanks so much for playing in Sugar Creek Hollow's vintage winged things challenge. I hope you'll join us again soon!
    SCH DT

  16. What a beautiful background, in such soft lovley colors. So glad you could join us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week and hope to see you again.
    Patti SCH/DT

  17. Gorgeous card - love that background and your handmade flower is awesome.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges xx

  18. Oh my word!! Claire, this is absolutely stunning. Such wonderful colours and your BG and flower are amazing.

  19. beautiful! I love the soft colours! Juls

  20. This is stunning. Thank you so much for playing at Sweet Pea Stampers.
    Hugs Nataliya.

  21. Such a pretty card - this is one of my favourite colour combos! Thanks for sharing with us over at Sweet Pea Stampers. Good luck.

    Claire x

  22. Gorgeous background and a beautifully coloured image.

    Thanks for joining us at Little Claire Designs.

    Helen x

  23. This is really beautiful work, so detailed! I can tell you put alot of time into it! Thank you so much for entering the Diva's by Design pastels challenge and good luck!
    Tammy Louise
    P.S. I have some yummy candy available till 8-30 if you collect ~ three winners in all!

  24. Claire, she's gorgeous. I could do with her by my computer to cheer me up at the moment and you've made her into such a pretty and cheery card. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this fortnight and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  25. A beautiful card. Excellent colouring. Lovely colours and patterns.

    Thank you for joining Little Claire blog challenge.

  26. so very pretty and i adore the pastel colours

    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog

    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Sweet Pea Stampers ,Bearly Mine Designs , Kenny K and My Time To Craft

  27. WOW this is such a pretty card love the image she is beautiful.

    Thank you for joining us girlies over at SPS Challenges.

    Lotsa Hugs Vicky xxx


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